TNJ Law issue 2011 Zachary Carter, Esq.Zachary W. Carter, Esq.
Partner
Dorsey & Whitney L.L.P.

Imagine being accused of fraud and learning that your attorney is a former state and federal prosecutor as well as a judge. Clients receive that advantage from Zachary W. Carter. “I have had the good fortune of being able to see the system from a number of vantage points,” comments Carter.

Carter is a partner and head of the Trial Group at Dorsey & Whitney L.L.P.’s New York office, as well as co-chair of the firm’s White Collar Crime and Civil Fraud practice. He practices in the areas of white-collar criminal defense and securities and other complex civil litigation, representing companies in government-regulated industries and government contractors. He advises corporate clients on regulatory and ethical compliance, as well as corporate governance.

Prior to joining the firm, Carter enjoyed a distinguished career in public service. His tenure as United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, from 1993 to 1999, was noted for prosecutions of national significance, including the successful civil-rights prosecution of the New York City police officers accused of torturing of Haitian immigrant Abner Louima. Carter is also former magistrate judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York and the Criminal Court for New York City.

Although he is practicing privately, Carter says he “continues to be active in public affairs.” He is chairman of the New York City Mayor’s Committee on the Judiciary, which identifies candidates for appointment to the benches of the city’s Criminal, Family and Civil Courts. He also serves as chairman of the board of Hale House, a Harlem charity that provides social services to children and homeless families. Carter was named “New York Super Lawyer” in 2009 and 2010 and received the Public Interest Law & Society Award from the New York Lawyers for the Public Interest in 2006. This Washington, D.C., native earned an undergraduate degree from Cornell University in 1972 and a law degree from New York University School of Law in 1975.     

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